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Health and Safety Award

Entrants for this award had to demonstrate an initiative, operations process, innovation or piece of equipment that has clearly contributed to improving health and safety on site. The award is for a company-wide policy, an initiative or technique applied to a specific project but it must have demonstrated how safety risks associated with the geotechnical element of the work or for the geotechnical workforce were reduced.

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Aspin Group

Land Rover R2R 4x4 SIV

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land rover r2 r 4x4 siv

The four-wheel drive road to rail Land Rover overcomes Network Rail’s restriction on link trolleys carrying more than 1t. Previously this meant that track window sample rigs had to be transported to site using three trolleys, adding time and cost.

With a Dart mast mounted on the rear, the Land Rover replaces the need for using hand trolleys and significantly reduces the time and labour needed to collect essential ground investigation data. It also offers safe travel under live overhead line equipment.

Bachy Soletanche

Diaphragm wall edge protection

bachy soletanche

bachy soletanche

An improved diaphragm wall edge protection system has been developed that can be easily adapted to different activities when constructing a diaphragm wall panel with different access requirements.

The protection system is a frame placed down on top of the guidewall prior to starting excavation and is left in place for the duration of the panel’s construction life, providing constant edge protection no matter what activity is taking place. It also removes the need for cumbersome harnesses and static lanyards.

Dr Sauer and Partners, Dragados and London Underground

Bank Station Capacity Upgrade

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bank upgrade

The “Option A Joint” is a development of a radial joint in sprayed concrete lining (SCL) tunnelling and has resulted in the removal of the need to enter the sealed tunnel face. At Bank Station, the ground conditions in the London Clay are fractured and blocky and, using the technique, it is possible to maintain clear exclusion zones through the construction cycle of an advance, allowing for a safer working despite minor ground fallouts during excavation.


Apps for compliance for both on and offsite

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mc gee apps 2

McGee wanted to enhance compliance, so has developed 130 integrated mobile applications that have digitally transformed its standard forms. The apps have given the firm the tools to analyse, disseminate and utilise data to improve safety compliance, expediency of information for more fact-based decision making, and improved the operational processes.

According to McGee, the by-product of this efficiency – apart from meeting all the regulatory and policy requirements – is that it has given back vital time to focus on delivering safely in the field.

Tideway and Active Training Team


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epic 1

Employer Project Induction Centre (EPIC) was developed to avoid the initial “spike” in health and safety incidents typically observed on previous infrastructure projects in the mobilisation phase.

It is an immersive, multi-media experience, played out in a number of different rooms and zones. Participants witness a fatal incident on a construction site and its consequences.

Everyone must attend; from CEO to front line workers, embedding the health, safety and wellbeing culture across the project from day one with the entire workforce.

Vertase FLI

Mobile Excavation Containment System

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mecs 1

In order to redevelop a former gas works site and manage dust exposure during works, the Mobile Excavation Containment System was developed.

Used to house earth-moving plant during the excavation of contaminated soils, it is made up of a five-section portable inflatable structure. At 30m long, 14m wide and 8m high, it is a sufficient size to allow excavators to work fully contained within it. It can then be deflated when not in use to cover the excavation area, or to be transported to another location.

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